Hopefully you got through all of last week’s great new books because we have another week jam-packed with exciting releases. We get the final, posthumous short-story collection from an American master, some excitingly unique takes on the science fiction and fantasy genres, even more riveting suspense, some sweeping historical fiction, and a pair of books that are perfectly attuned to the current political moment. No matter what you’re into, you should find something to enjoy below. Happy reading!
You can tell the Holiday season is officially over as the publishing industry is in full swing. A number of notable releases come out this week, ranging from literary fiction to sci-fi to historical fiction to buzzy suspense.
Ever since the breakout hit “Gone Girl” hit shelves, there has been no shortage of suspense novels with words like “girl” or “woman” in their titles, all looking to replicate the same level of success. A few have pulled it off in terms of popularity, and even fewer in terms of quality. The first such book to receive a good deal of hype in 2018 is A.J. Finn’s debut novel “The Woman in the Window”. Does it live up to it? I would have to say resoundingly yes.
I expected I would like this book, based on all the praise that has been lavished upon it, and I can say that I was not disappointed. This sweeping, multi-generational epic follows a family beginning with their lives in Japanese occupied Korea and then into Japan itself, where they face rampant discrimination as refugees.
Winter is in full swing, and with it comes the cold weather. Few animals are more closely associated with the cold than the majestic polar bear. With their snow white coats they blend perfectly with their snowy surroundings. As we are all inside keeping warm, it is the perfect season to learn about these beautiful, endangered animals.
As you might imagine, working in a library means we come across a lot of interesting materials. Great books, movies, TV shows, albums and video games are always crossing our circulation desk; and we do our best to try and experience as many of them as we can. People are always asking us what our favorites are, so we polled the library staff to see what really caught their eyes (and ears) this year.
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to learn more about your heritage or maybe finally do something with the information and family photos you have collected? Perhaps you’ve been curious about those DNA testing kits you’ve seen advertised but want more information. The Avalon Free Public Library has you covered!